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Paul Bond

Paul Bond.
Paul Bond


Otago graduate Paul Bond epitomises the term "well qualified". A BSc in Chemistry and Physics, a Diploma in Science focusing on medical physics, a Master's and PhD in Physics, as well as postdoctoral experience: with some understatement, he admits that he's "always had an interest in the physical sciences."

It was these qualities, as well as expertise in computer-modelling techniques and optics, that made Paul a perfect candidate for a position with the Defence Technology Agency.

"The Agency is involved in research and scientific problem-solving for the New Zealand Defence Force," he explains. "A lot of people haven't heard of it, but it's quite well known in the Physics Department at the University, as a number of graduates have gone on to work there."

Working on classified military projects, with a name like Bond, one might imagine top secret bunkers and Q-like gadgetry.

"Not really. We're based on the Devonport Naval Base, so you do need to go through military security to get into the main compound. But we're actually quite separate from the rest of the base, and the atmosphere is pretty relaxed."

Paul Bond 2. Nevertheless, Paul does concede that after five months working for the Agency he's still not sure exactly what he is allowed to talk about.

"Let's just say we do radar analysis and ship-based defence systems."

He has no qualms sharing his enthusiasm for the job though.

"It's brilliant. The work is incredibly interesting, the location on the North Shore is fantastic, and the international collaboration ensures there are many opportunities for overseas travel."